Sam Wilson and the Bluegrass Colonels

Sam Wilson and the Bluegrass Colonels, a traditional bluegrass band based in Campton, KY, are Sam Wilson on guitar, Jeff Claire on banjo, Kenny Blanton on mandolin, and John Belcher on bass. Wilson says the band actually began in 1968 as the Kentucky Mountain Ramblers.

While he particularly likes to perform the music of veteran bluegrass musician Larry Sparks, Wilson believes bands should develop their own material rather than copy another group’s sound.

This artist appears in Jubilee #316: Eastbound/Sam Wilson and the Bluegrass Colonels.